DEFENDING champions, Red Arrows will kick-off their Ndola Sevens Rugby tournament title defence against Nchanga today after been given a fair draw in the 2012 event where K5.5 million is at stake for the winner.
Drawn in Pool C in this championship set for Ndola Wanderers Club, Arrows will also have to contend with Mufulira before wrapping up their group matches with a tie against Roan.
If they manage to pull through from Pool C as leaders, Arrows will have a real test when they come up against the runners-up from Pool B consisting of Green Eagles, Heroes Sevens champions 'Powerhouse' Lusaka, Konkola and Kansanshi.
'Men at Work' Diggers, winners of four Cup competitions this year, are seeded first in Pool A ahead of hosts 'Killer Bees' Ndola Wanderers, Copperbelt University (CBU) and Kitwe Playin Fields (KPF).
Green Buffaloes were drawn in a seemingly easy Pool D where they will battle with Chibuluma, Prisons and Nkwazi for a place in the quarter-finals in the tournament, whose runners-up would get K3 million and a women's rugby match will spice up the event.
First Quantum Minerals, P and B Wholesalers, Gomes Haulage, Ozark Springs, Ngansa Pharmaceuticals and Zambia Army's commando unit are the sponsors for the tournament.
Full preliminary round Ndola Sevens fixtures:
Diggers vs CBU, Buffaloes vs Prisons, Lusaka vs Konkola, Arrows vs Nchanga, Ndola vs KPF, Chibuluma vs Nkwazi, Eagles vs Kansanshi, Roan vs Mufulira, Diggers vs KPF, Buffaloes vss Nkwazi, Lusaka v Kansanshi, Arrows vs Mufulira, Ndola vs CBU, Chibuluma v Prisons, Eagles vs Konkola, Roan vs Nchanga, Diggers vs Ndola, Buffaloes vs Chibuluma, Lusaka vs Eagles, Arrows vs Roan, CBU v KPF, Prisons vs Nkwazi, Konkola vs Kansanshi, Nchanga vs Mufulira.